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Catalunya Moto2: Back-to-back poles for untouchable Rabat

Esteve 'Tito' Rabat dominated qualifying on his way to pole position ahead of the Catalunya Moto2 Grand Prix.
Tito Rabat continued to control the weekend as he dominated for pole position in the Moto2 Grand Prix qualifying session in Catalunya, over half a second ahead of his Marc VDS team-mate Mika Kallio.

The Spaniard, who has now topped every session this weekend, calmly put in lap after lap with his fastest coming early in the session on his twelfth lap due to the tricky hot weather conditions faced by Moto2.

His untouchable 1m 46.569 lap remained unbeatable as the clock ran down on his way to securing the top spot on the grid for the fifth time this season.

Rabat's success also meant that Kalex keep their record for taking every pole so far this season.

Kallio made it a Marc VDS top two on the grid but was still a hefty 0.571 behind the championship leader.

The newly yellow Paginas Amirillas HP 40 Pons bikes were unmissable as Maverick Vinales powered his into third for his first front row start in Moto2, the Spanish rookie looking more comfortable and less frustrated on home turf.

Sandro Cortese crashed as his Dynavolt Intact GP bike folded underneath him while pushing in the final minutes but his riding near the limit had already moved him into fourth on the grid.

An early run through the gravel proved to be just a blip for Jonas Folger, though the German was unlucky to hit traffic while looking for some late improvements leaving his AGR racing bike in fifth.

Mattia Pasini continued to use Rabat, something the Spaniard acknowledged with a 'how's the tow?' sticker attached to the rear of his bike, as well as latching on to Maverick Vinales to find an advantage, aiding the Forward Racing rider on his way to the final slot on the second row in sixth.

Tom Luthi was the best placed Suter rider lining up in seventh for the Interwetten Paddock team.

The Swiss rider was just a thousandth ahead of fellow Suter rider Johann Zarco's AirAsia Caterham, with just a couple of flying laps pushing the Frenchman up to eighth.

Sam Lowes returned to his old settings and it was enough to give him another top ten start from ninth as the top Speed Up rider on the grid.

Dominique Aegerter's late push was enough to sneak the Technomag carXpert bike into the top ten at the close of the session, narrowly ahead on time from Pons rider Luis Salom who was the best of the rest in eleventh.

Londoner Gino Rea has a new crew chief this weekend, the AGT Rea Racing bike starts from 28th position.

Both the AGR Team bikes found the gravel early as Axel Pons crashed following his team-mate Folger around the track.

Alex De Angelis managed to stay on board and upright stopping his Tasca Racing bike just before hitting the barrier.

Louis Rossi's SAG Team Kalex spun and flipped as he also fell, with just sixteen minutes left on the clock. The final faller in a crash filled session was Mattia Pasini as the chequered flag was waved.
by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: moto2 , Rabat

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